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Our Featured Member synagogue for June-July-August 2008 is Congregation Tifereth Israel, a traditional congregation in Everett. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 100th anniversary.

In 1908, five families formed the first congregation in Everett, an Orthodox shul, meeting in a house. By 1912, there were enough members to erect a building at 34 Malden Street with 30 families.

The original building was torn down in 1966 and replaced by a new structure that was dedicated in 1967. That building was destroyed by an electrical fire in 1982. The fire made national headlines because three fire chaplains risked their lives to save the Torahs. In a moving program in August of 1982, the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts thanked the brave chaplains and firefighters in a ceremony of thanksgiving called "Rejoice in the Torah."

The synagogue building was completely rebuilt on the same footprint and re-dedicated in 1983. Today, Congregation Tifereth Israel is an egalitarian/traditional synagogues with 100 members, a Kosher kitchen, an endowment, and speaker series.

A Mother's Day Breakfast to honor the synagogue's 100th anniversary was held on May 11, 2008, with Rabbi Nehemia Polen, the shul's former spiritual leader, as the celebration speaker.

For more information about Congregation Tifereth Israel, call 617-387-0200.

34 Malden Street
Everett, MA 02149
Service leaders: Gerald Shulman, Samuel Spivack and Max Forman